Colby Gates is from Old Massett, Haida Gwaii, BC, Canada. He completed the Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts program at the Native Education College in 2017. His work exemplifies contemporary Haida art by creating images with movement and fluidity while maintaining rules and respect of traditional form line. He works in many mediums, focusing mainly on sterling silver, copper, acrylics, and graphic design. Colby’s art has a unique perspective on form line that has developed throughout his life leading to the creation of a style true to himself. Haida artwork embodies images that describe stories, family crests, humans, animals, and mythical spirits. Each image Colby creates is based on these embodiments and represents his life experience, continuous journey, and rediscovery of his Haida ancestry and culture.


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